United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principle 7:

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

UNGC Principle 8:

Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

UNGC Principle 9:

Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Read more: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/ Letter from our CEO to the UNGC at https://www.sappi.com/2020GSDR-UNGC-letter

Our performance at a glance

The precautionary approach

As stated in our Group Sustainability Charter and Group Environmental Policy, we acknowledge that we do have an environmental footprint, but are committed to managing and mitigating the environmental, climate and biodiversity impacts of our operations. The precautionary approach places the onus on Sappi to anticipate harm before it occurs and to take active steps to prevent any harm from occurring. We achieve this by:

Adopting environmentally friendly technologies

We view conducting our business in an environmentally sustainable manner as integral to our licence to operate on an individual, community, country and global level. It also makes sound business sense, given that we depend on natural resources such as water and woodfibre for our ongoing viability as a business and it is in our interest to use these resources as responsibly as possible. We invest in new technology and upgrading mill processes as these become feasible or pre-empting changes in manufacturing regulations.

Unlocking the power of renewable resources

At the heart of our business is a renewable, recyclable natural resource – woodfibre. We use this to create pulp, paper and dissolving wood pulp solutions that enhance the lives of consumers around the world. We take a holistic approach to protecting the environment, beginning with the responsible procurement of wood that is grown and harvested sustainably and sourced only from well-managed forests and plantations.

Tracking key metrics

We track key metrics for fibre, emissions, energy use and the impact of our operations on air, water and solid waste. We use this data when setting improvement goals for either our operations or interactions with our key stakeholder groups–employees, customers and our local communities. In 2015, we established 2020 global goals in addition to regional goals to deal with specific issues. These goals have now been closed out and we are moving forward with our Thrive25 goals.

Promoting environmental responsibility

Land, air and water are shared resources. By motivating and encouraging people – particularly those close to our operations – to share our commitment to a thriving world by treading more lightly on the planet, our aim is to enhance the sustainability of the natural resources and ecosystems on which our business depends.

Our interconnected key planet material issues